Shirley MacLaine, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy Hagar, Kiss’s Ace Frehley, Mel Torme And Charles Bronson All Claim They Have Had Alien-Related Experiences!
There are UFOs among the stars. You must to some degree believe this or you would not likely be reading this article. But according to Timothy Green Beckley, a writer, editor and CEO of the Inner Light/Global Communications publishing company, there are UFOs among the stars of the HUMAN kind, celebrities rendered mere awestruck mortals by encounters with ships, occupants and the psychic traces left behind in the wake of a UFO experience.
Beckley’s new book on the subject of celebrity encounters is called “Shirley MacLaine Meets The Pleiadians, Plus The Amazing Flying Saucer Experiences of Celebrities, Rock Stars and the Rich and Famous.” In the interest of total disclosure, I wrote an introductory chapter on Shirley and contributed a section on rock star Sammy Hagar. Beyond that, this one is totally Beckley’s baby.
The dedication to finding the truth behind the UFO phenomenon began for the titular Shirley when she was a young girl living in Virginia. She recorded in her diary the legendary sightings over nearby Washington, D.C., in 1952, and began to collect clippings from the era’s print media accounts.
Later, as an adult, she took time out from her Oscar-winning career as an actress to delve deeply into the UFO mystery. In the first of her bestselling autobiographical books about her spiritual search, 1983’s “Out On A Limb,” Shirley wrote about visiting a UFO contactee named “David,” whom she said was a composite character based on UFO experiencers of her acquaintance.
She journeyed to Peru with “David” to see firsthand the locations where flying saucers are said to have touched down and made contact with the indigenous peoples. While she was initially troubled by “David’s” declaration that he considered himself to have actually met extraterrestrials and shared a telepathic relationship with an alien female, she slowly began to see there might be some truth to what “David” said, including the idea that she had been chosen by his Pleiadian friends to spread their message throughout the world by writing about the alien race in “Out On A Limb.”
The book also includes an account of Shirley and “David’s” visit to Lake Titicaca, where local folklore alluded to a lot of unusual and unexplained occurrences, like strange underground noises, lights and flying objects. At the well-known Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, locals gathered around the two interlopers to excitedly tell the story of a “flying egg” that had risen from a lake in the area accompanied by five smaller black spheres.
“They hovered for a few minutes and then flew out into space,” yelled a tamale vendor.
Eduard “Billy” Albert Meier, the controversial Swiss “UFO Prophet,” also received a visit from Shirley, as recounted in Shirley’s most recent book, 2007’s “Sage-ing While Age-ing.” Shirley traveled to Meier’s village of Hinderschmudruti in Switzerland in 1981 along with Lee and Brit Elders, the authors of a book on Meier called “UFO: Contact from the Pleiades.”
“For about two weeks,” Shirley writes, “I listened to Billy’s stories about contact with the Pleiades.”
Billy had had a lonely childhood, beaten by his father and ignored by his mother. When he was first contacted, while still a child, a craft landed in a field and an older man emerged who gave Billy encouragement and love. As an adult, Billy experienced contact with a craft in the countryside near his village about twice a month, usually around 2 A.M.
Like “David,” Billy claimed to be in contact with a female from the Pleiades who delivered the standard warnings and consolations about Earth’s future given to all contactees. Thus Shirley began to cement her belief – not only in aliens who communicated directly with Earthlings – but also that said aliens came, originally, from the Pleiades star system. Shirley has been taking huge doses of ridicule ever since, even from some within the UFO community.
A BOXER THROWS HIS PUNCHES AT UFO NAYSAYERS
World Champ Muhammad Ali looking at UFO photos with Tim Beckley, Paul Karazik and Jim Moseley lurking in the background.
Beckley writes that, of all the famous folks he spent time with discussing UFOs and theories about extraterrestrials, the former heavyweight champ, Muhammad Ali, was the most engaging when talking about his personal experiences.
The two had met for the first time when Beckley got permission to interview Ali as he jogged through New York’s Central Park in training to fight contender Oscar Bonavena. Beckley was grateful that Ali ran at a pace he could keep up with as Ali told the story of his UFO sighting.
“I happened to look up just before dawn,” Ali began, “as I often do while running, and there hovering above us was this brilliant light hanging as if by an invisible thread. At first I thought it was a beacon projected from a helicopter. But moments later a similar object passed in front of us.
“I brought it to the attention of my trainer, who was standing nearby” the fighter went on. “We watched them come from behind the skyline and move slowly across the sky for at least 15 minutes. The best I can describe the sighting is to say they were just round and big.”
A number of reporters traveling with the champ jumped on the story and it was picked up by the wire services. The resulting coverage led Beckley to set up his own follow-up interview to learn more about the anomalous event. The mainstream media, unfortunately, treated Ali’s experience as a joke and the champ wanted to make sure that Beckley understood that he was quite serious about what he had seen. He told Beckley he had had previous sightings, a total of 16 so far. He also invited Beckley to visit him at his hotel so that Ali could tell him some more of his sightings stories.
In the champ’s hotel room, where he had several of his paintings on display, Ali told Beckley and the small assembled throng of reporters and training camp assistants that UFOs have been “watching me for some time now. Many times, in the early morning hours, if you look up in the sky you can see them playing tag between the stars, really high up. I’ve had a good number of sightings myself. The closest one happened when a cigar-shaped ship hovered over a car I was a passenger in one night driving north on the New Jersey Turnpike. What a sight that was. We could see the shadow made by the UFO as it passed over the pavement of the road in the light of the full moon.”
Ali’s voice shifted to a more confidential tone, and he said, “I don’t like to talk about this much, but we all seem to be open-minded here. One day, walking through the Florida Everglades, I saw this ship land, and, as I watched, a door slid open and a ramp projected itself onto the ground. Out stepped a human-looking figure more than seven feet tall who proceeded to walk down the ramp and stand in front of me. ‘Muhammad,’ he said, ‘you will beat Sonny Liston in . . .”
The room filled with laughter at another of Ali’s famous put-ons.
As Ali excused himself to take a shower, he pressed a slip of paper with his unlisted phone number into Beckley’s hand. When the intrepid reporter called three weeks later, the champ asked in jest, “You sure Joe Frazier didn’t tell you to call?”
The champ asked Beckley to bring along any photos, films, slides – anything he had on flying saucers – and come to his home in New Jersey to discuss the material. Beckley vividly recalls the house, set back 500 feet from the road with a Rolls Royce parked in the driveway.
After being warmly greeted by Ali, Beckley and the friends he had brought with him showed the champ some motion picture film taken in West Virginia of possible flying saucers. At Ali’s request, they ran the film three times while the champ pointed out the similarities between the objects on the film and what he had seen personally. Ali then asked if he could have copies of the film made so that he could show them when he lectured at colleges around the country.
“UFOs tie in with what my teacher, Elijah Muhammad, says,” Ali explained. He then read aloud from his teacher’s book, “Message to the Black Man in America,” in which the elder Muslim compared the modern flying saucers phenomenon to Ezekiel’s vision of a wheel in the sky.
Sometime later, Beckley visited Ali at his training camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Deer Lake. This time Beckley’s entourage included the super psychic Uri Geller, who demonstrated his preternatural gifts by causing the stone inside the ring of Ali’s ex-wife Belinda to simply disappear. Geller also made a deep impression – merely by lightly touching it with his finger – in the large, metal religious medallion worn by one of the sparring partners at the camp.
After the “magical interlude” was over, Ali told Beckley about a sighting that had taken place over two nights the previous summer. As the champ trained to fight George Foreman, he observed a cigar-shaped ship that reaffirmed the beliefs taught by Elijah Muhammad about the wheels seen by Ezekiel that would one day come to judge the Earth. On the second night of the sighting, the craft was also seen by Ali’s business manager, Gene Kilroy, who acknowledged that he no longer felt the champ’s vivid imagination had been the true source of the stories the champ had told.
During their next and final meeting, Ali told Beckley that he had not regretted speaking openly about his experiences, adding that, “I hope others will listen in the future as I’m convinced UFOs are of tremendous importance to the whole world.”
SAMMY DAVIS JR. REMAINED UNAFRAID
There was a secret side, Beckley writes, to the late Sammy Davis, Jr., who held a little-known belief in UFOs based on his personal sightings experiences.
“I was never afraid of aliens or whatever it is that pilots these UFOs,” Sammy declared in a phone conversation with Beckley conducted from Sammy’s Las Vegas hotel room. “There were a lot of sightings around 1952-53, and I wasn’t to be left out.”
Sammy said he was with a group of people when they spotted discs literally “floating overhead.” He was amazed at how they could accelerate from a dead stop to fantastic speeds. “First they would stand still,” Sammy recalled, “and then they would take off and stop again before finally shooting away in a flash.”
Sammy recounted another sighting that had taken place as he drove to the Boston-area hotel he was staying at along with members of his band. The craft was “immense and glowed brilliantly from the lights that surrounded it. Actually, the object was so bright that I had a hard time keeping my eyes on it.”
Sammy and his friends watched in awe as the object hovered quite close.
“Some of the guys with me were afraid that the object was going to come after us,” he said. “They felt it might attack us, but I didn’t have any such fear, as I felt quite strongly that if they wanted to harm the human race, they could have done so a long time ago.”
Beckley writes that Sammy never told him just what Sammy’s good friend, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra, thought of Sammy’s interest in the strange goings-on in our skies.
STUART WHITMAN GETS UFO SUPPORT DURING “THE GREAT BLACKOUT”
The actor Stuart Whitman, known for his gutsy performances in movies like “The Sound and the Fury” and “The Comancheros” (in which he costarred with John Wayne), spoke to Beckley by phone from his home in Hollywood. Stuart told Beckley about an “incredible incident” that had happened in November 1965 on the night of the “Great Blackout” that left 15 million homes and businesses without electricity. Beckley feels Stuart’s story is an important example of the aliens attempting to reach out to well-known celebrities.
“I was sleeping in my room on the twelfth floor of a New York Hotel,” Stuart said, “when I heard a loud buzzing sound akin to the noise made by a police siren. Then I heard my name being called. ‘WHITMAN, WHITMAN!’ It was as though the voice was being projected over a loudspeaker not far from where I was resting.”
Stuart felt drawn to a window by some unseen force, and he saw two luminescent, egg-shaped objects which were clouded in a haze that made it impossible to discern any specific details. One was bright orange and the other blue. The voices continued, saying that he had been selected for contact because he had no malice or hatred in his heart. The aliens then delivered the standard contactee message about nuclear proliferation and the chaos and evil infecting the world.
Stuart said he thinks the aliens orchestrated the blackout to provide only a small demonstration of what they were capable of, powers they might be forced to use to prevent our self-annihilation through warfare and our negative impact on other inhabited planets. A second blackout, in December 1965, which affected four military bases in New Mexico and Texas and plunged at least a million people into darkness, served as further confirmation of this idea for Stuart.
“I was not frightened, but strangely elated,” Stuart told Beckley. “I had no fear, as I somehow knew they would do me no harm.”
DRUMMER BUDDY RICH: UFO “SUPER BUFF”
Jazz drummer Buddy Rich was what Beckley calls a true “UFO enthusiast,” similar to comedian Jackie Gleason in his fanatical devotion to the subject. Buddy had several sightings and was even a member of the Center for UFO Studies as well as being a friend of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the group’s director.
Beckley spoke to Buddy between sets in the dressing room of Buddy’s Place, his New York supper club, about his initial sighting experience.
“It was back in the summer of 1954,” Buddy said. “At the time, I was appearing with my band in Atlanta, Georgia. My brother was right beside me in the front seat of our sports car. We were driving along, on the way to do a show, when I happened to glance through the windshield of the auto and saw two brightly illuminated objects coming out from behind the dark side of the moon.”
The brothers stopped the car in the parking lot of the club to get a better look. The objects were now doing figure-eights in front of their astounded eyes. The UFOs seemed to be playing tag with each other and were making incredible turns at impossibly high speeds, the G-forces of which would crushed whoever was onboard. Within minutes, 200 patrons of the club who had heard about the aerial ballet came out to see for themselves. After a few more minutes, the objects shot straight up and disappeared into the starry sky.
Buddy dutifully phoned an Air Force base about 20 miles from the club and was told by a base official that they had received over 500 calls reporting the incident but their radar indicated nothing was flying in the area at the time. Buddy says he has since learned that this is the standard military “cop-out.”
Buddy had another sighting in 1966 during which he and his wife were nearly driven off the road by a gigantic saucer-shaped craft. Unable to shake the incident from his mind, he began collecting books, news clippings and photos of these elusive discs, eventually amassing a sizeable file of information.
As part of his crusading efforts, Buddy tried to convince other celebrities that flying saucers are real, including the late “Tonight Show” host, Johnny Carson. Carson continually rebuffed Buddy’s entreaties to take the subject seriously, that is, until the time Carson saw one himself while staying at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Carson, still stammering from nervousness and shock, called Buddy to tell him the story. In spite of having his own close encounter, however, Carson was never amenable to talking about UFOs on the air.
MEL TORME FATHERS A UFO SCREENWRITER
The expression “Like father, like son” is appropriate to Mel Torme’s UFO sighting.
Mel told Beckley that late one night in 1953, while the singer was out walking his dog, a UFO put on a heavenly show for him. It was around 2:00 A.M. and Mel was standing near his apartment building in midtown Manhattan.
“I happened to see this red light in the sky over the East River,” Mel said, “and it appeared to be moving around quite differently than an airplane would. It moved horizontally, faster than my eyes could follow it, before stopping dead in its path as though it had hit a barrier. Then it did lazy loops, almost like a figure-eight. It made a few more circles and then noiselessly it went zap again to another part of the sky.”
For a brief while, the UFO just hovered there.
“Against the pitch blackness of the sky,” Mel continued, “the object resembled the typical description of a ‘flying saucer.’ Eventually, after three or four minutes, it zipped off faster than my eyes could follow.”
Meanwhile, Mel’s dog remained rooted still to the ground, shaking and seemingly transfixed by the UFO. Mel says he still recalls the sighting vividly and the aerial maneuvers he saw the craft make have convinced him that the pilots must have been “superhuman beings.”
Over the years, Mel must have planted the seeds of belief in his son, Tracy Torme, who would eventually write the screenplay and do production work on the CBS miniseries “Intruders,” based on Budd Hopkins’ book of the same name about alien abduction. Tracy also ventured into feature films by writing the screenplay for “Fire In The Sky,” based on the Travis Walton abduction story.
COMEDIAN ROBERT KLEIN IS SERIOUS ABOUT FLYING SAUCERS
Comic Robert Klein makes his living by being funny, but, during the course of a conversation with Beckley, he revealed that he is very serious when it comes to talking about his sighting of a UFO. It was during the summer of 1957, when Klein was fifteen years old and attending a youth camp in Kent, Connecticut. He and 25 or so fellow campers were playing baseball.
“Before I knew what was happening,” he told Beckley, “a group of my buddies were craning their heads skyward and pointing excitedly at something. Following the direction of their stare, I immediately saw what had captured their attention. There, in plain view, were these six cigar-shaped objects moving by at an extremely high altitude. They were in formation, one right behind the other, traveling in and out between the cloud layers. Strange as it may seem, they made absolutely no noise. I mean, not a sound. They were just coasting along as if they hadn’t a care in the world.”
None of the youths could make out any detail because the ships were too high in sky.
“But because of their great brilliance,” Klein said, “caused by the reflection of the sun, we could definitely ascertain their shape as being elongated. They went out of viewing range after several minutes. How something this size could travel at such great speeds and not make any noise is beyond my understanding. They defied all the laws of physics.”
Klein hastens to add that he is not an expert on UFOs and that he had never seen anything like the ships before or since. Like Buddy Rich, the boys felt compelled to call a nearby navy base and report the sighting. The base took the call seriously and even admitted that other reports had been received at about the same time. The base never called back to offer the campers an explanation, which Klein said he has since been told is really “par for the course.”
“I strongly believe,” Klein told Beckley, “there is a rational explanation for the majority of UFO sightings, but there is also quite a bit about which we know nothing and a lot that remains unexplained. I must, in all honesty, put my own UFO sighting into this category.”
IS ROCKER SAMMY HAGAR A LIFELONG ABDUCTEE?
In 2011, classic rocker Sammy Hagar added his name to the list of celebrities who have spoken publicly about UFO and alien abduction encounters. Hagar made his remarks about alien abduction in an interview posted on MTV’s Hive website and the story was quickly picked up by other news outlets. The interviewer asks Hagar at one point about the singer’s consulting with psychics, studying numerology and having “crazy dreams” about UFOs.
“You know how big the universe is?” Hagar replied. “It’s freaking huge! If we’re really the only ones out there, that’s scarier to me than thinking there are aliens. My opinions about the UFO stuff, I could write a whole book just devoted to that. I love it, man. I’m into it deep.”
Hagar then answers the interviewer’s point blank question as to whether he had ever been abducted by aliens by saying, “I think I have.” The rock star referred to a story in his autobiographical book “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock” where he talked about being contacted by aliens in the foothills above Fontana, California. “It was real. Aliens were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. Looking back now, it was like they downloaded something into me. Or they uploaded something from my brain. ‘See what this guy knows.’” Hagar also related an experience he had at age four. He saw what he thought at the time was a “car with no wheels.”
“We lived out in the country,” he said, “and I saw this thing floating across a field, creating this big dust storm. I threw rocks at it. And I don’t know what happened after that.”
The interviewer asked if Hagar had blacked out at that point.
“I guess,” Hagar answered. “I just have no memory of it. And that wasn’t a dream. It was during daylight.”
Hagar said that he had been reluctant to talk about his alien encounters largely because he had no language with which to express what had happened to him.
“I couldn’t talk about it because I couldn’t explain it,” he said. “But now I’m pretty sure it was a wireless situation. Either a download or an upload. They were tapped into my brain and the knowledge was transferred back and forth. I could see them and everything while it was happening. There was a visual involved.”
ACE FREHLEY: KISSED BY A UFO
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has had several UFO sightings. (Photo copyright Dina Regine)
In a section of the book on KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Beckley reveals how he came by the affectionate moniker “Mr. UFO.” It is not because of all the UFO literature Beckley has generated writing and publishing about the subject for more than 50 years. Nor is it due to all the radio and television appearances Beckley has logged trying to popularize a subject that still goes begging with the mainstream media.
The honor actually goes to Ace, one of the four original members of the blockbuster heavy metal band that was recently and controversially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Considering the large throng of reporters around KISS, all of whom were trying to get the next scoop on the most theatrical rock group of its time, it’s a wonder anyone among the press was recognized at all.
“Ace used to refer to me as ‘Mr. UFO,’” Beckley writes, “because I had once printed a short item about his sighting in a UFO magazine.”
Ace had admitted to Beckley, “It was very strange. We were flying from Los Angeles to New York. This happened sometime before the end of July 1974, following the recording of our second album. The flight had been delayed six hours, and, by the time we boarded, it was well after midnight. I took a seat in the rear section of the 747, isolating myself from the rest of the group and the few passengers who were traveling this late at night.”
Ace said an “eerie feeling” overwhelmed him as he tried to stretch out and get some sleep in the darkened airplane. He noticed a bright ball of light out the window to his right. He blinked his eyes to make certain it wasn’t some kind of illusion.
“But sure enough this ‘thing’ was still there,” he said. “I couldn’t make out any great detail. It looked like an enormous baseball and its actions were completely erratic, moving from side to side. The UFO remained in view for a brief period and then darted off, traveling quite rapidly. I know it wasn’t a satellite or another plane. We were pretty high up when it appeared, leaving me to conclude it was a UFO.”
When Beckley asked Ace how he felt about his sighting, Ace replied that he was sort of elated by it.
“I’d always wanted to see a flying saucer,” Ace said.
GLENN FORD: THE COWBOY AND THE ALIENS
Actor Glenn Ford is best known for his tough guy cowboy roles, such as the outlaw in “3:10 To Yuma” in 1957, as well as for his leading man stint opposite Rita Hayworth in the classic “Gilda,” from 1946.
Glenn knew UFOs are nothing to scoff at, and he made himself clear on that to Beckley.
“Millions of Americans have sighted them,” Glenn said, “and it’s a well-established fact that some twenty percent of such observations remain unexplainable.”
Glenn had his own sighting while in Great Britain.
“I was trying to relax, taking it easy,” he recounted, “and so I decided to spend a few hours alone on a beach near Oxford, England. All around me, as far as I could see, was nothing but a beautiful blue expanse of sky and water.
“Suddenly, my attention was attracted to an object skipping across the heavens,” Glenn continued. “Looking closer, I saw what was definitely a disc-shaped object. What they call a UFO or flying saucer. I watched it for a good half hour as it darted back and forth right in front of my eyes. There is no way anyone can convince me what I saw wasn’t some kind of intelligently-controlled craft. This ‘thing’ made sharp right angle turns that our fastest and most advanced military jets could not accomplish at the time.”
Glenn also said he saw no reason why our planet could not be receiving visitors from outer space.
“Scientific evidence now exists,” he declared, “which proves that thousands of inhabited worlds can thrive throughout the cosmos. I’m positive that there are other worlds nearby that contain lifeforms of one type or another.”
Taken aback by what he saw on the beach that day in England, Glenn said he reported his sighting to some friends in the military out of a sense of duty.
“Unfortunately, they would not take me seriously,” he said. “In fact, they acted as if I were a bit crazy.”
Glenn believes the UFOs are probably friendly and piloted by creatures coming to Earth “simply out of curiosity.”
TOUGH GUY CHARLES BRONSON’S “INTRUDER”
Perhaps to test his “tough guy” cred, a UFO intruded onto the grounds of the plush Bel Air estate owned by “Death Wish” star Charles Bronson. Charles was away on location at the time, and the object was actually sighted by his charming actress wife, Jill Ireland.
Jill, being a firm believer in metaphysics and the human potential field, was open to talking about the incident with Beckley in a telephone interview.
“The episode stuck in my mind,” she told Beckley. “My youngest girl was only three months old at the time. I remember it was about five in the afternoon when we had the sighting. I was sitting on the veranda, holding the baby in my arms. Our child’s nurse, Zizi, was standing around talking to me when my eyes suddenly drifted to a bright blue patch of sky. Something up there – which had been reflecting the rays of the sun – caught my attention.”
As is often the case, the harshness of the glare made it difficult to ascertain the exact shape and size of the object, but Jill feels it was “round, with perhaps a dome or tower on top.” She would have had an easier time seeing it clearly if it had been an overcast day, she said.
The idea that it was a weather balloon crossed her mind, but she ruled out this explanation when the UFO began to rapidly rise higher and higher and flew against the wind. Looking back, she says it could have been a secret government aircraft or it may have been a genuine space traveler paying her home “a brief visit.”
Jill was so impressed by what happened that she told husband Charles about it the moment he arrived home. In that same phone call with Beckley, Charles backed up Jill completely.
“There’s got to be something to it,” Charles said. “If Jill says there was something strange in the sky, I see no reason not to take her at her word. I remember she talked about it for quite a while afterwards, and, besides, I know she wouldn’t make the whole thing up. Why would she?”
ANTHONY HOPKINS IS SURE WE ARE NOT ALONE
Beckley interviewed Anthony Hopkins backstage at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway when the actor was a mere 37 years old and garnering comparisons to Richard Burton for his Shakespeare chops. This was long before Anthony’s Oscar-winning turn as Hannibal the Cannibal in “Silence of the Lambs” struck such terror in moviegoers’ hearts.
A deeply philosophical person, Anthony freely admitted that he hadn’t read much about UFOs, at least not enough to comment on the possible arrival of spaceships and aliens, but he is smart enough to realize that the universe must be teeming with life in all manners, shapes and forms.
“It’s really a mathematical certainty that we are not alone,” he opined to Beckley. “It would be a fundamentally lonely joke to think we’re the only ones in the universe. The vastness of the universe alone tells us something. We can safely and mathematically assume that there must be millions and millions of forms of civilizations – civilized life – and that some of these may be highly advanced. I think it’s a high probability – not just a possibility. Otherwise, what the hell is it all about, unless the whole thing is an illusion?”
After quoting philosopher Bertrand Russell to the effect that even the stars in outer space exist primarily in our minds and that material reality is a hard thing to pin down, Anthony offered his opinion on Erich von Daniken and the Ancient Astronauts approach to human existence.
“Writers like this fellow who did ‘Chariots of the Gods?’ are a bit too spectacular in their claims,” he said. “But I think it was Einstein who said that it is possible that we have been visited by superhuman beings. Maybe they exist in a different space-time continuum. Otherwise how could they get here from the nearest other star system that is four and a half light years away?”
MORE STARS THAN ARE IN THE HEAVENS
With typical Hollywood hubris, old-time movie trailers used to boast that a coming attraction featured “more stars than are in the heavens.” While Beckley doesn’t make that particular boast himself, his new book, “Shirley MacLaine Meets the Pleiadians Plus The Amazing Flying Saucer Experiences of Celebrities, Rock Stars and the Rich and Famous,” does offer more stars than are covered in this article. Some of those additional names are actors Cliff Robertson and Ed Asner, comedians Soupy Sales and Dick Gregory, singers Vic Damone and Neil Sedaka, and the classic era rock bands The Moody Blues and Jefferson Airplane/Starship. And even that list is not complete. The book also covers the experiences and opinions of astronauts and presidents, to include a sighting by Ronald Reagan in which an alien advised him to switch from acting to politics.
Given the fact that, even today, the mainstream perception of the UFO phenomenon is so completely laced with the kind of pervasive ridicule that places the subject squarely within the “lunatic fringe,” it is much to Tim Beckley’s credit that so many stars were willing to speak so frankly to him about their experiences. Show business is a very “image conscious” line of work and it’s a bit of a risk for a popular celebrity to talk about UFOs even casually and in private.
But when reading “Shirley MacLaine Meets the Pleiadians,” it becomes obvious that even some among the rich and famous have had experiences with UFOs and the paranormal that they don’t completely understand but which they are willing to share with the world, perhaps in the hope that they are not alone with the great unknown and are instead part of a wider experiencer community that also includes some of the rest of us.